Estate Planning is not always on the top of our to-do list but as content creators, we should explore this topic as soon as we can. PGC has invited a panel of lawyers who have experience working with playwright estates to our next webinar. These experts will shed some light on Copyright issues and how to navigate Estate Planning as a playwright!
June 13th, 2022 | 11:00 am eastern time | Zoom Webinar
Free for PGC Members
$20.50 (+hst) for Non-Members
About the Facilitators
Lynne’s practice involves all aspects of estates law. She provides sound guidance in estate planning and estate administration, and applies her experience to the resolution of estate-related conflicts.
Lynne strongly believes that the best way to live for today is to plan for tomorrow. She aims to make estate planning as straightforward and clear as possible, and provides creative and effective advice to help her clients plan ahead to preserve family relationships and reduce potential risks. Lynne is pleased to help her clients draft wills, powers of attorney for property and powers of attorney for personal care, and set up trusts. She offers succession planning advice for owners of family businesses, and has developed a particular expertise in planning for disabled individuals through the use of Henson Trusts, inheritance trusts and investment strategies.
The loss or incapacity of a loved one can be a difficult and challenging event. Lynne offers compassionate and practical advice to executors and attorneys for property and care with respect to their responsibilities, and further advises and guides executors in their estate administration duties.
Lynne provides advice to estate and trust beneficiaries with respect to their rights. She also advises on and litigates estate law matters, including disputes in estate, trust and capacity proceedings, and acts in matters involving powers of attorney and guardianship. Lynne has appeared before all levels of Ontario Courts, and at the Federal Court of Canada, and has extensive mediation and arbitration experience.
Before joining O’Connor MacLeod Hanna, Lynne articled and practiced at a leading international business law firm in Toronto. She then practiced for several years at a Bay Street litigation boutique, where she litigated a wide range of civil matters, many with an insurance component. Following her move to Oakville with her young family, Lynne decided to open her own practice. She narrowed her focus to estates-related litigation and pivoted quickly into estate planning and administration.
Lynne is a member of the Canadian Bar Association/Ontario Bar Association, the Halton County Law Association, and the Advocate’s Society.
Outside of the office, Lynne’s three young sons keep her busy at home. When she isn’t practicing law or accompanying her kids to their many sports and activities, Lynne enjoys running through Oakville’s trail system with her dog, skiing, cycling, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
Marian Hebb has over 40 years’ experience as a lawyer advising authors and other creators and their professional organizations.
Prior to her LL.B. from the University of Toronto in 1976, Marian obtained an honours B.A. in History from the University of Toronto and a M.Sc.(Econ.) in Political Sociology from the London School of Economics and worked for about ten years as a book and magazine editor in the United Kingdom and Canada.
Currently the chair of the Canadian Copyright Institute, Marian likes to recollect that her first involvement in copyright was when a printer suspected, incorrectly in her view, that a fictional magazine story under her editorial supervision was an infringement of copyright. Her fascination with copyright remains and she is a member of the Copyright Committee of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada.
A firm believer in artists’ self help, Marian has written and is updating “Help Yourself to a Better Contract”, a guide published by the Writers’ Union of Canada, which she represented as legal counsel for many years, beginning as a law student in 1976, continuing as its legal counsel until 2016, and of which she now an honorary member. She helped to establish Access Copyright, the copyright collective society, and was its legal counsel from its foundation until retiring from that role in 2015. Others she has advised have been individuals and organizations who are or that represent independent writers of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and plays including the Playwrights Union of Canada, a predecessor of the Playwrights Guild of Canada. Marian is a founder, a past co-chair, former duty counsel, and current board member of Artists’ Legal Advice Services, a pro bono service for artists working in all disciplines. Though no longer able to take on new clients, her greatest enjoyment professionally remains helping individual creators to help themselves and their organizations to advance their shared collective interests.
Warren is engaged in an intellectual property and business law practice. He regularly advises authors as well as professional organizations that represent them and provides corporate counsel to small businesses. Warren began his legal career at the law firm Fasken Martineau LLP (1999-2004) and has since been in private practice with Marian Hebb for over 15 years. He is a past chair of Artists and Lawyers for the Advancement of Creativity (2013 to 2016) and served for several years at its related not-for-profit summary legal advice clinic, ALAS. Warren is a former Executive Member of the Entertainment, Media and Communications and Information Technology Sections of the Ontario Bar Association; the founding chair of the Queen West Art Crawl corporation; and a founding director of the West End Phoenix, a broadsheet community newspaper that launched in Toronto in 2018.
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